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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen What’s Causing this Pain in My Toe? | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

What’s Causing this Pain in My Toe?

You started noticing this pain at the base of your third and fourth toes. It was just occasional at first but has become more constant. It feels like a small stone is inside the ball of your foot. Sometimes there’s a tingling or burning sensation and sometimes it just feels numb. These are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma.

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

A neuroma is a thickening or enlarging of the nerve. This thickening is caused by compression that, if left untreated, can lead to permanent nerve damage. One of the most common causes of the compression is wearing shoes that have too tight a toe box and high-heeled shoes that force the toes into the front of the shoe. Sports that involve repetitive stress on the ball of the foot, such as running, tennis, squash, and other court sports can also lead to neuroma. Also, if you have bunions, hammertoes, or flatfeet, you are more prone to developing a neuroma. Sometimes they can be caused by an injury or trauma to the foot.

Treatment Options

At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo will take a complete medical history and conduct a thorough exam of your foot. The podiatrist will most likely manipulate your foot to try to reproduce the symptoms. Additional tests and image studies may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. The earlier a neuroma is treated, the less intense the treatment will be and the better the outcome. The foot doctor will determine the best way to treat your specific neuroma, which may include any or all of the following:

  • Medication—oral non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation; cortisone injections or other local anesthetics may be prescribed as well
  • Modification of Activity—sports and other activities that put pressure on the neuroma need to be avoided until the condition improves
  •  Changes in Footwear—you will need to choose shoes with wide and roomy toe boxes and low heels to avoid irritating the area where the neuroma is located
  • Padding—can be used to improve arch support and thereby relieve compression of the nerve
  • Orthotics—custom-made orthotics can reduce pressure and position the foot to avoid compression on the nerve
  • Surgery—a last resort if other treatment methods have proven ineffective


If you have symptoms of Morton’s neuroma, don’t wait. Early detection and treatment can mean the difference between a minor annoyance and a seriously debilitating condition. Call our Aberdeen office at 732-566-2841 or book an appointment online.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing What’s Causing this Pain in My Toe?, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen